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Landscape Painting - Swedish Artist Johan Krouthen (1858–1932)

Villa Björkbacken vid Sommen 1892

Three Women Reading

Our Garden 1889

Girls in Summer Landscape

Australian Impressionist Painter Arthur Streeton (1867-1943)

Cremorne (also known as Mosman's Bay), 1914

Arthur Streeton started his art trainning in 1882 at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School.
Influenced by French Impressionism and the art of English Romantic painter Turner, Streeton presented his first exhibition at the Victorian Academy of Art in 1885.
In 1888, his landscape was the first of his paintings bought by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Arthur Streeton by George Lambert (1917)

In 1897 Arthur Streeton left for London where he had lived the most part of the following two decades returning to Australia for a short periods of time. Although the painter developed a considerable reputation in Australia, he didn't succeed much in England.
In early 1915, Streeton joined the Royal Army Medical Corps at the age of 48 and in 1937 he was knighted for services to the arts.

Venice Grand Canal, Grand Canal 1927

The Australian artist Lionel Lindsay (1874-1961) wrote in 1918:
"..We in Australia waited long for our national painter, and whilst he worked among us we failed to recognize this aspect of his genius. Twenty-five years have given us, however, a sense of perspective, and to-day we can see in the landscapes of Arthur Streeton, as in the poetry of Henry Kendall, genuine originality, a quality of race, the inspired vision of the native-born."

Early summer - gorse in bloom 1888

"..There is a gaiety, a lightness, in Streeton's work which is in the Australian sunlight itself, and has been expressed by no other artist. It is the expression in paint of the goodness of being alive in this fine land of ours. Actually, it is the first truthful and beautiful rendering of the light and colour and tone of Australia."

Still Life, Georgian Silver

Contemporary Spanish Artist - Chelin Sanjuan

acrylic painting

Alex y sus juguetes
"...the art of Chelin Sanjuan stands out for its polished technique. Her drawing is clean, with steady and secure lines, while dynamic, showing a balanced and serene usage of color, mainly warm tones. She copes with easiness in the most realistic pictorial lines, but also in more imaginative and surrealist fields. Each painting is an unique world, magical, intimate, with hidden elements and transparent shapes that mix with softness.

Mia

The characters -women, children and animals, particularly cats- that appear in her paintings have an interesting close relationship between them, always showing a small point of humor. Figurative art, of sharp and polished shapes, but delicate in the topics and always lively in the contents, without doubt a very personal style, not influenced by gestural and pseudodecorative artistic trends. "A flower in the deserts", I thought the first time I saw her works." J. L Bonet chelinsanjuan.info

Equilibrio

En La Playa

Tulipmania and the Dutch Golden Age

With strange perfumes he did the roses taint,
And flow’rs themselves were taught to paint.
The tulip, white, did for complexion seek,
And learn’d to interline its cheek;
Its onion root they then so high did hold,
That one was for a meadow sold.
(Andrew Marvell, The Mower Against Gardens)

Jean Joseph-Xavier Bidauld

There was a moment in the 17th century when Europe went mad - for tulips, elegant Turkish wildflowers with a smooth, green stem, with an exceptional capacity for mutation, infinitely changing their shape.

SAMUEL VAN HOOGSTRATEN, Portrait of Johan Cornelisz. Vijgeboom and His Wife, 1647

There were numerous types of tulips: cup-shaped, bright colored or ranging from jewel tones to pastel shades, with feathery petals, or with petals that are either twisted, curled or waved. The tulip images were embroidered on dresses and woven into tapestries, painted in a great number of still lifes. The archives of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome contain glorious pictures of tulips along with samples of Renaissance silk, the 17th century books, the lists of indulgences sold in Germany.

Ambrosius Bosschaert, Flowers in a Vase, 1606

Transported from Turkey as bulbs, then passed on to the Dutch middlemen, tulips set in the European gardens. Tulip mania gripped all of Europe, infecting even the poorest people and not just the Dutch Republic. Mike Dash mentions in his book “Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused” "...the personalities involved in the creation of the tulip market, such as the orphans who made a fortune selling their late father's tulip bulbs and the man who owned a dozen extremely rare bulbs and wouldn't part with them at any price.”
"...the Fuggers, the fabulously rich Bavarian family of bankers who were to the 15th century what the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers were to the 20th... were growing tulips in Augsburg by the beginning of the 1570s.
"There were tulips in Vienna by 1572. They were in Frankfurt by 1593, and they reached the south of france by 1598.. Bulbs were sent to England as early as 1582, where they were soon grown in great quantity."

Balthasar van der Ast, Fruchtkorb (1632)

The price for tulips rose continually to vertiginous heights for 40 years in the early 17th century.
“At the height of the Tulipmania in November 1636, a single bulb of the legendary Semper augustus variety fetched the equivalent of 10 years' wages for the average worker; a couple of Viceroy bulbs cost the equivalent of an Amsterdam canal house. One unfortunate foreign sailor made himself rather unpopular with his employer by slicing up what he thought was an onion as a garnish for his herring. An English amateur botanist, intrigued by an unknown bulb lying in his host's conservatory, proceeded to dissect it, and was put in jail until he could raise an astronomical 4000 guilders.” (Lonely Planet Amsterdam By Karla Zimmerman, Caroline Sieg, Ryan Ver Berkmoes).

German Landscape Painter Oswald Achenbach (1827-1905)

Oswald Achenbach. Country Road in the Campagna

Born in Düsseldorf, he received his art education from his brother, Andreas Achenbach. His landscapes generally dwell on the rich and glowing effects of color which drew him to the Bay of Naples and the neighborhood of Rome. He also painted in the Bavarian Alps and Switzerland. From 1863 to 1872, he was professor of landscape painting at the Düsseldorf School. His conception of nature was more ideal than that of his brother. He died in Düsseldorf of an inflammation of the lungs. He is represented at most of the important German galleries of modern art. (wikipedia)

Fireworks in Naples Oil Painting Oswald by Achenbach

Summer Landscape on the Banks of the Alban Lake Oswald Achenbach


View of Florence with the Cathedral 1883

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